The Wardrobe Architect’s Utility Dress

admin Doughtys Fabric, Pattern Review 4 Comments

This month I had the pleasure of sewing up the brand new Utility Dress pattern! I used a gorgeous spotty chambray from Doughty’s and I think this is a wonderful pattern and fabric combination!

The Utility Dress is a relaxed style with kimono sleeves, a sleeve cuff, elasticated rear waistband, gently pleated front bodice and skirt and drawstring. This makes it sound like it has a lot going on, but it combines really well to make a very wearable everyday dress.

I love the elasticated back waistband with drawstring at the front, it makes it comfy and flattering. Elasticated waistbands all around can sometimes look a little bulky, but this has the best of both. The drawstring allows the waist to be pulled tighter as required.

I graded out two sizes at the hips as the skirt is straight. The straight skirt has proven very useful in a breeze, as unlike lots of my other dresses it doesn’t blow up! I also did a very narrow hem to keep as much length as possible.

The top half of the dress is a loose fit so it can be pulled on over the head. There are no fastenings needed to get in and out of this.

I added a button placket to the front bodice so that I can wear this dress whilst I’m still breastfeeding. It was really easy to do, though I didn’t make the neatest job of it. If anyone is interested I can do a tutorial of how I did this.

I have been wearing this dress almost everyday since I finished it. The sleeves are lovely a breezy, which is great in this heatwave! I love the silhouette, I think it’s flattering and effortless.

The fabric was a dream to work with and even nicer to wear. In these photos I’ve been wearing the dress all day and it’s resisting creases really well. I know this dress will get so much wear over the summer!

Jenny x

Comments 4

  1. Hi I would love a blog post on how you added the buttons as I breastfeed and would love to make this dress! Thank you if you are able to 🙂

  2. Ooh lovely. I saw this pattern today as a free pattern with a magazine and thought yuk…. now I’m going to have to hunt it down tomorrow as you have made it come to life. Great fit and fabric….. love the button placket however sadly too old to breast feed but great idea.

  3. I just purchased this pattern – would love to see how you did the button front! It’s a cute version of the dress (whether you’re breastfeeding or not)

    Thanks –

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